By Syed Zahid Ahmed
On 10th March 2017 it was really amazing to first time see Mr. Riaz in United Hyper Market near Abu Bakar Al Street Metro station in Dubai. He was so tall that I forget shopping there and could not control myself to ask him for a photograph with me. I was curious to share his comparative personality with my friends through face book. Due to net problem in my handset, I could only post that photograph on my FB profile next day only. Thereafter the comments I received from my friends may be checked at https://www.facebook.com/SyedZahidAhmad/posts/1289290291146730
On request of Mr. Shridhar Rao to take him interview for Mitaan Express, I again met him after three days. Since I had no equipment for shooting, I just recorded his audio statement into my mobile and took some more pictures and videos. Transcript of that interview is summarized as below –
His full name is Malik Mohammad Riaz born in Lahore (Pakistan) on 11th January 1960. His father’s name is Farzand Ali. Initially his height was normal like his other brothers and sisters but after 16 years of age his height started increasing and at age of 20 he stretched to 7 feet 2 inches. After passing matriculation in 1987 he joined karate followed by wrestling. His height kept increasing and stretched to height of 7 feet 4 inches by age of 26 years. With increase in height the diet also kept increased. At time when he went to Japan his weight was 90 kgs but now about 160 kgs. He needs to order for preparing dress materials and shoes. He put 16 number shoes. His waist size is 52 inches and chest is 53 inches. He got married in August 1987. His wife is normal in height (5 feet 8 inches) with 40 to 50 kgs weight. He has two sons and two daughters. All children are studying. Eldest daughter has done F.A. and others are son is in Matriculation.
For last 8 years he is working in Dubai as security guard. Major portion of his monthly income (around 1500 to 2,000 AED) is spent upon foods. On daily basis he needs around one kg meat, two litres milk and half dozen eggs along with four to five rotis. It should be noted that one roti in Dubai is almost equal to four chapattis available in our restaurants in India.
Contrary to what I have been told by Malik Muhammad Riaz, his height as reported at http://www.thetallestman.com/muhammadriaz.htm is 221 centimeters (7 feet 3 inches). Due to height he faces problems while sitting in taxis. He also feels difficulty in travel and shopping alone as public surrounds him. For seven he did international wresting in Japan and has also worked in few movies made in Pakistan and Japan. When I asked him whether he will be eager to work in Indian movies if called, he expressed his keenness to work with Amitabh Bachan and also like to welcome to Indian TV channels if they call for shows or interviews.
It was interesting to interact with Malik Muhammad Riaz and see his personality. Though he is keen to work with Amitabh Bachan and also welcome to respond Indian televisions, he might not be welcomed here for being Pakistani.